You know when something hits you and your like BAM! Why the f*ck did I not think of this sooner? Well that's been me for the last few weeks.
I'm sorry to gloat (not really, I'm buzzing) but I actually feel like the stars have finally aligned for me. I have found my purpose and it's that simple that I genuinely can't believe how I missed it before. I've spoke alot about how I lost my sense of purpose as a woman after having Frankie, I've blogged about feeling overwhelmed and having my fingers in all sorts of pies but struggling to figure out which one is the tastiest. Well, scrap all that, because now I know.
I spent almost four years of my life running a children's wear brand and even though it was mildly successful, in that it paid the bills and allowed me to indulge my inner Rebecca Bloomwood every so often. I never felt fulfilled by it, even when it was at its busiest, I would end the days with a feeling I could never quite put my finger on. The people closest to me weren't that enthralled with it either, but I would snap their heads off if they dared tell me "It just doesn't seem a Gaby thing to do". That's something I had to figure out myself and that begun to happen last Summer.
For the first time in my life I was the only adult living in my house and I really started to figure out who I actually am. I was spending a hell of a lot of time with my girl friends, throwing silly parties and making fun plans. I moved out of my office, that in itself was a fiasco, but it showed me just how tough I really am (if you know, you know), and my office moved into my flat. After a few months of working from home I started to have other ideas that I felt more excited by. And around Christmas time I had the urge to just end Frankie's Threads once and for all. The word impulsive is an understatement. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew that this was not it!
My first idea was to turn Frankie's Threads into something a bit different. Vintage clothing reworked into children's wear... It didn't work. Head over to Rally Vintage Clothing for sh*t loads of Vintage Denim Jackets and Jumpers (lol)!! Told you i'm impulsive.
Then I was like, blogging is 100% the way forward for me! I wrote a few dodgy blogs when I was a teenager that I never dared to share and I actually really missed writing after finishing my degree. But then in blogging everyone is like "What's your niche?" and I was like "WUUUT?". So I fell out with that a bit.
THEN!! I realised that my absolute favourite thing about Frankie's Threads was the little community I built via a facebook group and all the lovely friends that i'd made along the way, lots of them being 'competitors'. One of my greatest characteristics is being able to talk to people, I'm such a sociable person yet I'd spent the last four years stuck to a sewing machine barely talking to anyone. It got me thinking about all the amazing female led businesses in my local area and how great it would be to get everyone together, learn from each other and get us on the map! I put the feelers out and it had a great response. So I went for it! Rossendale Women's Society was born!
It was a slow burner to begin with, the first event was a flop and it would have been so easy to just give up. But I have this fire burning inside me and such a clear vision of what RWS will be that I couldn't just give up! And I was right to stick with it, because in the 2 months that i've been working on it there have been more opportunities and excitement than there was in the nearly 4 years I did Frankie's Threads. It just proves that passion is above all else in business. If you're not passionate about what you are doing, then why are you doing it?
I'm the most skint I've ever been, I'm not going on holiday this year, I'm having to pull Frankie out of nursery over summer because I can't afford it. But I wake up every single day with a smile on my face. I have a plan. I've fallen back in love with blogging, sod the niche! I have something really exciting coming up, can't tell you yet, sorry to be that person. And Rossendale Women's Society is growing every day. BAM!!
I know it seems premature to speak so highly of something that is still a baby really, but this blog is about my life and me. I like honesty. I see so many female entrepreneurs talking about their success after it happens and to me that's so daunting and unrelatable. So I want to share my story as it happens in the hope it will inspire others to follow their passions and not be scared of failure.